“The significance of our lives and our fragile planet is then determined only by our own wisdom and courage. We are the custodians of life’s meaning…Better by far to embrace the hard truth than a reassuring fable.” – Carl Sagan
There are aspects to life we will never fully understand. This makes us uncomfortable; consequently, we seek meaning and stability. We like to think something is 100% the way it is. We get married with the intention of being connected to another human being forever. We accept religion in order to avoid the instability of life. We trust doctors with our lives instead of exploring alternative ways to heal ourselves. We ask advice rather than trusting our intuition. We live based on how others live because it makes us feel more safe, “it worked for them, so it must work for me.” This kind of thinking holds us back. It prevents our growth and keeps us from truly living. The truth is, this moment is all I know, all any of us know and the stability we seek is present in this instant only. As for meaning, it is up to us to create meaning through our interactions with ourselves and others. Meaning comes from the relationships we build, from the love we bestow on the world, and from the moments in which we recognize the universal soul.
It may be easier to accept stories about what should be and what awaits us in the future, but, that is not the truth. The truth is in the space we occupy now. The wisdom of the universe is present at this time. To access it we must shred our “have been’s” and “should be’s” and accept whatever is. What is now? That is the question worth answering.
At the beginning of today’s practice set an intention to find meaning in the present.